WASHINGTON — Michelin has awarded its prestigious star recognition to two more restaurants, Komi and Métier, in the 2018 edition of its D.C. guide.
Both were awarded one star each, which denotes “high-quality cooking, worth a detour,” according to Michelin.
They join three other eateries that maintain last year’s two-star status (“excellent cuisine, worth a detour”): José Andrés’ minibar, Patrick O’Connell’s Inn at Little Washington and Aaron Silverman’s Pineapple and Pearls.
The Michelin guide, which rates the world’s best restaurants on a star system, was launched by the tire company in the early 1900s in France. Since its debut, it has expanded to 28 countries. D.C.’s first guide was released last year.
In the 2018 guide, Komi (1509 17th St. NW) and chef Johnny Monis were lauded for “a Mediterranean tasting menu that offers diners a variety of small bites, house-made pasta and roasted meat, often goat.”
Métier (1015 Seventh St. NW), owned by Célia Laurent and “ambitious and creative” chef Eric Ziebold, “features menu items that have been locally sourced and décor items from the owners’ personal collections,” according to Michelin.
“Our inspectors found the kitchens of chefs Johnny Monis and Eric Ziebold to exude finesse, demonstrate fine attention to detail and serve high-quality, top-notch cuisine,” Michael Ellis, the guide’s international director, said in a news release.
Kinship — another Ziebold eatery that just happens to be downstairs from Métier — is among the D.C.-area eateries that maintain their one-star rating from 2017’s guide.
The other one-stars:
- Blue Duck Tavern
- The Dabney
- Rose’s Luxury
- Sushi Taro
- Tail Up Goat
“Our inspectors have thoroughly enjoyed the progression and evolution demonstrated through consistency of the restaurant scene in D.C.,” Ellis said in the release. “Every restaurant recognized last year has maintained exceptional quality and steadiness.”
The D.C. area still doesn’t have a three-star restaurant, Michelin’s highest honor, which denotes “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.”
More than 33 styles of cuisine appear in the guide. Last week, 22 D.C.-area restaurants were honored with Michelin’s new “Bib Gourmand” distinction, which recognizes “great quality food at good prices.”
In addition, more than 70 D.C. restaurants were awarded the Plate symbol, which designates restaurants that have potential “and are recommended to travelers and locals for quality food.”